Philippine Airlines A321neo Business class
Philippine Airlines A321neo Business class

Philippine Airlines is currently offering some very enticing Premium Economy and Business class sale fares to Manila, with onward connections to other destinations in Asia, Europe and North America also available.

Business class flights from Perth, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane to Manila are available from just $960 return in Premium Economy, or $1,545 return in Business class. Tickets from any of these Australian cities to Beijing or Shanghai in Business class are also available at a very good price, with all routes under $2,000 return.

It’s also possible to combine this fare with a current Etihad Airways sale on flights departing Manila (see below for details), and fly in lie-flat Business class from Australia to Italy from just $3,598 return per person with a stopover in Manila.

If you’re booking a Philippine Airlines flight to Manila, the main catch is that these sale prices are only valid for bookings with at least two passengers.

Here’s a summary the round-trip prices available on each route:

  • Perth to Manila: $1,545 (Business)
  • Brisbane to Manila: $1,570 (Business)
  • Melbourne to Manila: $970 (Premium Economy) or $1,560 (Business)
  • Sydney to Manila: $960 (Premium Economy) or $1,580 (Business) + $50 for Sydney departures on Fridays & Saturdays

This sale was originally due to expire on Australia Day, but has since been extended. The available booking period has also been widened.

These prices are now available for travel between 1 February and 10 December 2020, except flights departing Perth which are on sale from 30 March until 10 December 2020. There is a requirement to stay at the destination for a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 3 months. This sale ends on 2 February 2020.

You can book on the Philippine Airlines website, where you’ll also find a full list of sale prices and the fare conditions.

Perth-Manila is a new route for Philippine Airlines, which will launch on 30 March 2020. This route will be operated by PAL’s Airbus A321neo featuring 3 rows of lie-flat Business class seats in a 2-2 configuration. The same aircraft type is also used on the Brisbane-Manila route, while Melbourne and Sydney are served with wide-body Airbus A330s.

You can credit Philippine Airlines flights to the carrier’s own Mabuhay Miles program or ANA Mileage Club.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: PR J BNE/MEL/PER/SYD return (min.2) A$1545 – 1580

Etihad Airways Business class sale from Manila to Europe

If you want to travel onwards to Europe, you could combine the Philippine Airlines deal with the current Etihad Airways sale from Manila to Rome. Until 28 January 2020, you can book Etihad Business class from Manila to Rome for as little as USD1,404.40 (~AU$2,053) return!

Current Etihad Airways Business class sale fare from Manila to Rome
Example of a current Business class sale fare from Manila to Rome on the Etihad Airways website

With this Etihad Airways sale, free stopovers are permitted in Abu Dhabi in both directions. This books into “Z” class, so you can also earn 16,200 Velocity points and 400 status credits with Virgin Australia.

This price is available for travel from now until 30 November 2020. Flights to other European destinations are also on sale. You can book on the Etihad Airways website.


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I’ve booked Etihad Manila to Rome in bus class for June-July and noticed that when I booked 5 tixs for the family, the price was even lower- discounted by 9% (maybe it’s 10% discount on the fares excluding fees), so even better! The price was about 2x the economy price. Shows how much we pay for the Australian tax. When I looked at Sydney to Manilla return vs Manilla -Sydney return economy with Qantas, I noticed that Qantas charges about 50% more for the privilege of departing from Australia. No wonder Qantas makes so much money.